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4.4
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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4
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Conditions
4.2
Value
3.9
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
82.6%
Recommend this course
26 out of 31 reviews
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4.7
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.9%
Recommend this course
8 out of 9 reviews
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4.7
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.9%
Recommend this course
10 out of 11 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6723 yards
Slope 126
Rating 71.0

Course Details

Year Built 1921
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1921) George Waters (2013) Kyle Franz (2013)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Pine Needles Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

4.4
31 Reviews (31)

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Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 6

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing

True Top Course

This Donald Ross design is beautiful, fun and challenging all at the same time. Played about 10 days after they punched the greens so we got a break on the price. Still things were awesome. Despite all the rain lately the course played true with some run in the fairways and greens that held and putted true. Reserved two caddies for our foursome and it was well worth it. They saved us strokes and were great company on the walk. This course may not be overly long but it will bite you if you end up in the wrong place. Truly a beautiful scenic walk on a great golf course. Practice facility was good and the practice green matched the greens on the course. The restaurant had good food. It was a little pricey but delicious. If you are in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area this is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always fun play...

70 degrees in February! Course in great shape for that time of year. Lots of work going on, so looking forward to see what it looks like this spring/summer. Always a fun layout...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Cold weather
Used cart

Worth The Trip

I thought I recalled someone telling me these greens were just put in, but not sure if that is correct. I thought they were incredibly hard. It seemed like nothing stuck on these greens and you had to account for tons of roll out, regardless of what you were hitting. I preferred Pine Needles to Mid-Pines, but both are absolute must plays. I didn't stick around to join the guys in the bar afterwards, but apparently it is incredible and worth sticking around for. Oh well. Next time. We'll be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing

Franz is the man

What Kyle Franz did with this course is amazing. It truly is a "Poor Man's Pinehurst No. 2." The first two holes were strong before a bit of a lull, but the back 9 was stout and was extremely similar to No. 2. I really liked the par 3s. Downgrain putts were extremely quick and greens are still hard, so play for some release, even with wedges. There is no doubt in my mind that Mid Pines is clearly a better track than Pine Needles, despite what the current Top 100 rankings say. I look for MP to continue to rise up the rankings in the next few years as people rediscover it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

My new place

Mid-Pines has a lot going for it. The Inn is classic and expansive. The staff is super nice. The starter is a real laid back, funny, and flexible guy.

Tons of maintenance folks are out in the mornings like bees to get the course ready for the day.

The course is a real challenge. The greens are the real killers. They are turtle backed and very unforgiving. Hard as a rock and difficult to read, they played tricks on my all day.

Visually, it is a gorgeous layout. It blends right in with the natural surroundings as if it was made to be there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Excellent conditions, but narrow and expensive

A lot of really nice looking holes, but boy is this a tight, compact course. Most reminds me of Merion in that it's not very meaty (Bethpage Black) and that there's trouble everywhere, including on and around the greens. I'd call it a little bit "tricky" (a little bit). But no doubt there are many very interesting holes, and the overall conditions are excellent. If you have good control of your golf ball off the tee and can hit it 225+, you'll enjoy a day at Mid Pines. Nice staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not worth the $$$$

Ridiculous that greens fees were $145. Course design and layout are nice. Greens are typical Ross design and in decent shape. However, course conditions were sub-par. Espaecially when you can go right down the road and play Dormie Club for $100. Would have expected much better and Mid-Pines left us extremely disappointed. I wouldn't pay more than $50-$60 for this course. Too many nice tracks in the area to waste your money here. Donald Ross would rollover in his grave if he knew one of his designs looked like this.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Two thumbs up

Visited Mid Pines during a spring break trip with a golf team. This course was very challenging but extremely fun to play. The layout was absolutely beautiful and one of the top courses I have ever played. The condition of the course was excellent as well. If I get a chance to come back to the Pinehurst area this will be one of the courses I come back to.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Want to play #2? Plsy here fgr 1/4 of the price

Mid Pines was a VERY late addition to our itinerary and it was one of the best decisions we made on this trip. We played Pinehurst #6 early one morning and at noon decided to play another 18 in the afternoon. We had been told at their sister course Pine Needles that Mid Pines was aerated the week before and doing a $50 aeration special. We called and got a 2pm tee time. What an amazing course, from the practice area to the Donald Ross layout itself this was one of the best courses layoutwise I have ever played. The waste areas come into play on every hole just like #2 and EVERYTHING is a waste area. Mid Pines has no bunkers just waste areas, including greenside. This was a true test of golf and though I did not score well it really didn't matter. I walked off of our 18th hole satisfied that I played a great golf course in the way that Donald Ross wanted it played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Mid Pines Golf Club: A Donald Ross revival in Southern Pines

Much like the celebrated U.S. Open host down the road, Mid Pines has returned to its Donald Ross roots after a recent restoration. This original Ross routing dating to 1921 reopened in August, 2013, after a restoration project by architect Kyle Franz, who used aerial photos from the Tuft Archives as a blueprint to uncover sandy native areas lining in the fairways that had been lost over the years. All the rough has been mowed away, resulting in wide fairways.
Shrunken greens, now covered in Bermuda grass, expanded by 20 to 25 percent to bring back their original shapes. Bunkers were redone or removed. Subtleties were recaptured. A tall pine tree was removed from the seventh hole to follow a Ross creed that trees shouldn’t be a significant hazard.
The graceful Georgian-style Inn still frames the final green. Some like Pine Needles across the street better. I'll take the new Mid Pines every time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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